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This resource is intended to provide public access to information on health and disease. The information on these pages should not be taken as medical advice or be used as a substitute for consultation with a health care professional. For further assistance, or to suggest a site, contact Martha Eberhart (218-726-8733).


  • HealthFinder
    Health information provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.healthfinder.gov/

  • Health Information (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health)
    Search by body location/systems; conditions and diseases; as well as quick links to child & teen health; men's health; minority health; seniors' health; and women's health.

  • MedlinePlus
    Provides information on health topics; drugs and supplements; an encyclopedia and dictionary; news and more. http://medlineplus.gov/

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  • Administration on Aging

  • AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange ((U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))
    Provides health professionals and researchers a way to learn about evidence-based innovations to improve health care and lean about new innovations and tools. http://innovations.ahrq.gov/

  • AIDSInfo
    Provides information on health topics; guidelines; drugs; clinical trials; and vaccines. http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Covers "Health Topics A to Z" as well as news, traveler's health and data and statistics. http://www.cdc.gov/

  • For Consumers (Consumer Health Information for You and Your Family)
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) covers general health as well as information on food; drugs; medical devices; vaccines, blood & biologics; animal & veterinary; cosmetics; radiation-emitting products; and tobacco products. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/default.htm

  • Easy-to-Read Health and Medical Sites
    The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) has located easy to read web sites. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/easytoread/all_easytoread.html

  • Genetics Home Reference
    Provides a handbook; glossary; information on genetic conditions, diseases, and syndromes; as well as information on genes and chromosomes. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/

  • girlshealth.gov (National Women's Health Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's health)
    Covers topics on body; fitness, nutrition, illness & disability; drugs, alcohol & smoking; relationships; bullying and more. http://www.girlshealth.gov/

  • Health Hotlines (National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    Provides links to health organizations with toll-free numbers searchable to keyword or subject. http://healthhotlines.nlm.nih.gov/

  • National Cancer Institute (U.S. National Institutes of Health)
    Locate information on cancer by type or body location as well as information on childhood and women's cancer. Includes information on treatment; prevention, genetics, causes; clinical trials; literature; research; and statistics. http://www.cancer.gov/

  • National Guideline Clearinghouse (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))
    Provides evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. http://guideline.gov/

  • National Quality Measures Clearninghouse (NQMC) (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))
    Provides  evidence-based quality measures and measurement sets for the public. http://qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov/

  • National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
    Provides an A to Z list of topics and titles for the following conditions: diabetes; digestive diseases; kidney and urologic diseases; weight control; endocrine and metabolic diseases; hematologic diseases; and nutrition. http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/

  • NIHSeniorHealth.gov (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; National Institutes of Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine; National Institute on Aging)

  • Office of Rare Diseases Research (NIH)
    Provides information for patients and their families with rare diseases and about NIH- and ORD-sponsored biomedical research.

  • PubMed
    PubMed is the medline index developed by the National Library of Medicine. It is the major index used by doctors, health professionals and consumers to locate professional journal citations. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/

  • United States Department of Health & Human Services
    need to check http://www.hhs.gov/

  • womens health.gov (National Women's Health Information Center) (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)
    Information on health topics, organizations, and health tools such as new moms, smoking, calculators, diet, immunizations and screenings, symptoms and tests; working with your health care provider; quick health data online; and state resources. http://www.4woman.gov/index.htm

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  • AllRefer.com Health
    Searchable by medical encyclopedia; pictures and images; diseases & conditions; symptoms; tests & exams; surgery & procedures; health news; diet & nutrition; injuries & wounds; poisons & overdoes; alternative medicine and special topics. http://health.allrefer.com/

  • Consumer Health (Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, Yale University School of Medicine)
    Covers major web sites; alternative medicine; electronic books; diseases and conditions; drug information; find a doctor; health and wellness; and more. http://info.med.yale.edu/library/consumer/

  • Familydoctor.org (American Academy of Family Physicians)
    Click on Patients in order to locate the patient resources. http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home.html

  • Hardin MD ( University of Iowa Health Sciences Library)
    Search by subject clusters, subjects or medical pictures. http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/

  • HealthCentral.com
    Provides a variety of resources including specific disease networks; symptoms; videos; drug information; nutrition; health tools; and news by the HealthCentral Network, Inc.

  • Healthnet : Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network
    Developed by the Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network. http://library.uchc.edu/departm/hnet/inters.html

  • InteliHealth
    Harvard Medical School's consumer health information. http://www.intelihealth.com

  • ipl2: information you can trust
    This merges the "collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites. The site is hosted by Drexel University's College of Information Science & Technology, and a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science are involved in developing and maintaining the ipl2". http://www.ipl.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=13&tid=6840&parent=0

  • MayoClinic.Com *****
    Health information developed by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. http://www.MayoClinic.com/

  • NOAH: New York Online Access to Health ******
    "Librarians and health professionals in New York and beyond find, select, and organize full-text consumer health information."http://www.noah-health.org/

  • Resources for Health Consumers
    Health resources listed by the Medical Library Association. http://www.mlanet.org/resources/consumr_index.html

  • UpToDate for Patients
    Patient information updated and reviewed by multiple physicians arranged by broad subject areas. http://patients.uptodate.com/

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  • DoctorFinder (American Medical Association)
    Provides "basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States and its possessions." You must enter a usage verification before using.

  • ahd.com : American Hospital Directory
    The American Hospital directory provides for free limited information about hospitals as well as state and national statistics. More detailed information is available if a subscriber. http://www.ahd.com/

  • Choosing a Doctor or Health Care Service (MedlinePlus)

  • DIRLINE : Directory of Health Organizations (National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine)
    An online database to locate organizations, research resources, projects and databases dealing with health and biomedicine. It is possible to search by organization name or keywords as well as limiting search to organizations with toll-free numbers or services for the hearing impaired. http://dirline.nlm.nih.gov/

  • Find a Dentist (American Dental Association)
    You must first accept the directory disclaimer. http://www.ada.org/ada/findadentist/advancedsearch.aspx

  • Gannett News Service : Rating America's Nursing Homes
    Provides a searchable database on nursing homes as well as tips on choosing a nursing home. http://content.gannettonline.com/gns/nursinghomes/

  • Health Information Resource Database (NHIC) (Office of Disease, Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of Public Health and Science, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
    The Health Information Resource Database provides referrals to the organizations best able to provide answers. You can search by subject or keyword. Toll-free health information and federal health information centers and clearinghouses links also available. http://www.health.gov/nhic/AlphaKeyword.htm

  • MedlinePlus Directories
    Provides directories to doctors, dentists, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare specialists. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/directories.html

  • Mental Health Services Locator (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center)
    Provides access to mental health facilities; mental health services; state organizations resource guide; state suicide prevention programs; substance abuse treatment facilities locator; and state statistics. http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/databases/

  • Nursing Home Compare
    Medicare provides information on nursing homes. http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/home.asp

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  • Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs
    Consumer Reports evaluates the best buy on prescription drugs and worked with doctors and pharmacists to compare drugs that research has proven to work. http://www.crbestbuydrugs.org/

  • DailyMed : Current Medication Information (U.S. Library of Medicine)
    Provides the FDA approved medication package inserts. The following information is included on the drugs listed: description, clinical pharmacology; indications & usage; contraindications; warnings; precautions; adverse reactions; overdose; dosage & administration; how supplied; patient counseling information; and supplemental patient material. http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/about.cfm

  • Drugs.com
    This site provides information on prescription and over the counter medication. You can search by drug name, pill identification, and medical condition as well as a drug interactions checker. http://www.drugs.com

  • HerbMed
    Links to herbal web sites developed by the Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc. http://www.herbmed.org/

  • HealthSquare: Drugs and Medicine
    Comprehensive information about more than 1,000 prescription medications, including side effects and possible food and drug interactions. Data supplied by the "PDR Family Guide To Prescription Drugs". This resource also has "PDR Family Guide Encyclopedia of Medicine" and "PDR Family Guide Women's Health". http://www.healthsquare.com/drugmain.htm

  • MedlinePlus - Drug Information
    Provides information for prescription and over-the-counter medication from MedMaster (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)) and USP DI  Advice for the Patient (United States Pharmacopoeia (USP)). http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html

  • Office of Dietary Supplements Health Info (National Institutes of Health)
    This site provides fact sheets on specific supplements as well as information about safety; claims and labeling on supplements, recommendations; and databases and research resources. http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov/health_information/health_information.aspx

  • RxList.com
    Provides information on prescription drugs for consumers and the medical professional. http://www.rxlist.com/script/main/hp.asp

  • SafeMedication.com (commercial database of information on 650 drugs)  http://www.SafeMedication.com/

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  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
    Provides dietary information to become healthier. http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/default.htm

  • Food and Nutrition Information Center (U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library)
    This web site provides information on diet, nutrition, food, dietary supplements including a consumer corner, USDA nutrition database, and nutrition.gov database. http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?tax_level=1&info_center=4

  • Let's Move
    A nationwide initiative to promote making healthy choices, improving food quality in schools, increasing access to healthy, affordable food, and increasing physical activity. http://www.letsmove.gov/

  • National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service)
    Search by food product and you can see the nutrient value of the food, e.g. minerals, vitamins, etc. http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/

  • Nutrition.gov
    "A guide to nutrition and health information on Federal Government websites." http://www.nutrition.gov/

  • Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
    Provides guideslines for physical activity as well as material to help others become active. http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/

  • President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
    Provides information on physical activity, health, and nutrition. http://www.fitness.gov/

  • Quick Guide to Health Living (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
    Provides information to help you stay healthy. http://www.healthfinder.gov/prevention/

  • WIN - Weight Control Network

  • U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    Provides information about products the FDA regulates. http://www.fda.gov/default.htm

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  • Household Products Database
    Provides information on the ingredients in household products, health effects and safety and handling of these products. http://hpd.nlm.nih.gov/

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    Provides current information and materials concerning substance abuse and mental health. http://ncadi.samhsa.gov/

  • Tox Town (National Library of Medicine)
    Information on toxic chemicals and environmental health risks in everyday life. http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/

  • TOXNET : Toxicology Data Network (U.S. National Library of Medicine) http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/
    Provides access to the databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and toxic releases.

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  • Google Health

  • MedlinePlus News
    News from Reuter Health Information (articles displayed for 30 days) and HealthDay (articles display for 90 days) as well as press announcements from major medical organizations. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/newsbydate.html

  • New York Times Health

  • World Health News (Harvard School of Public Health)
    Covers public health news from journalists, newspaper, magazines, radio and television as well as an index to the previous year in review. http://www.worldhealthnews.harvard.edu/index.html

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  • Mental Health Services Locator (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center)
    Provides access to mental health facilities; mental health services; state organizations resource guide; state suicide prevention programs; substance abuse treatment facilities locator; and state statistics. http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/databases/kdata.aspx?state=MN

  • Minnesota Department of Health
    Provides information on diseases and conditions; certificates & records; data & statistics; emergency preparedness; environmental health; health care & coverage; life stages & populations; and prevention & healthy living. http://www.health.state.mn.us/index.html

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  • National Cancer Institute (U.S. National Institutes of Health)
    Information on cancer information, trials and statistics. http://www.cancer.gov/

  • Centerwatch: Clinical Trials Listing Service (commercial)
    A wealth of information about clinical research, including over 25,000 clinical trial listings. http://www.centerwatch.com/clinical-trials/listings/

  • ClinicalTrials.gov (U.S. National Institutes of Health, Developed by the National Library of Medicine)
    This resources is developed by the National Library of Medicine to "provide patients, family members and members of the public current information about clinical research studies." Allows you to search for clinical trials by disease and city; advanced search by disease, location, treatment, sponsor and status; as well as resource information on clinical trials.

  • Lab Tests Online
    Developed by a collaboration among professional societies representing the clinical laboratory community to provide information on lab tests. http://www.labtestsonline.org/

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  • Evaluating Health Web Sites (Karen Varguas, Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Center Region)

  • Evaluating Health-related Web Sites (Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health)
    Developed a health-related web site evaluation form which provides a rating when you fill it out. http://www.sph.emory.edu/WELLNESS/abstract.html

  • Evaluating Web-Based Health Resources
    Developed by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/webresources/

  • Is this health information good for me?
    Developed by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region. http://nnlm.gov/pnr/hip/criteria.html

  • How to Evaluate Health Information on the Internet
    Evaluation developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration including related resources. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/BuyingMedicinesOvertheInternet/ucm202863.htm

  • QuackWatch
    Provides information on health fraud, quackery, and help in making health decisions, especially dealing with chiropractic, dental, homeopathic, multilevel marketing and nutrition. http://www.quackwatch.org/

  • National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF)
    "NCAHF is a private nonprofit, voluntary health agency that focuses upon health misinformation, fraud, and quackery as public health problems." http://www.ncahf.org/

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